Tuesday, September 08, 2020

πŸ“– Brandon Marsh Update

☁️☀️23C ~ Wind ↗SW@8mph Tuesday 8th September 2020 ~ An early and very muggy start at Brandon Marsh this morning meeting up with several members of the conservation team before they headed off for more strimming. I must say the Islands and East Marsh Pool are looking in great shape after several weeks of hard work to restore them after 'lockdown'.

Common Sandpiper from the John Walton hide
There were a few waders to be found today which included (3) Snipe, juvenile Little-ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper. Also of note were (7) Wigeon, (5) Little Egret, Water Rail and later in the morning, a Hobby hunted over the pool for a short period. I'd left by the time a Greenshank & Ruff arrived shortly after lunch.

Migrant Hawker warming up along the Jury hide path
A walk to the Carlton & Jury hides produced (6) Siskin and (2) Meadow Pipits overhead and when the sun finally broke through a small but constant passage of Swallows, (5) House Martins were also noted. Warblers included at least (5) Chiffchaff, Blackcap & Whitethroat, plus a few Migrant Hawker dragonflies along the track.

Images of the Day...

Green Sandpiper from the John Walton hide 
A Water Rail pauses briefly at John Walton hide before making a dash for it!
Wigeon are now slowly starting to arrive for the winter
One of five Little Egrets today ~ This one on Teal Pool

**I should point out that unfortunately the reserve is still closed to members & the general public on Mondays & Tuesdays!